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Paul Pierson – Let Them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality


Paul Pierson is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley. LET THEM EAT TWEETS: HOW THE RIGHT RULES IN AN AGE OF EXTREME INEQUALITY is one of several books he has written with Jacob Hacker, who is director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies and a Political Science Professor at Yale University. Their other books include American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper, Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer–and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class; Off Center: The Republican Revolution and The Erosion of American Democracy. Professor Pierson has also written many other books including the prize winning, Dismantling the Welfare State? Reagan, Thatcher and the Politics of Retrenchment.


Some articles referenced or relevant to the interview:

Wisconsin court upholds Republican laws curbing powers of Democratic officials      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/09/wisconsin-court-upholds-laws-curbing-powers-of-democratic-officials

Julian Zelizer on the rise and fall of Newt Gingrich: The man who was Trump before Trump    https://www.salon.com/2020/07/14/julian-zelizer-on-the-rise-and-fall-of-newt-gingrich-the-man-who-was-trump-before-trump/

Joe Biden Expresses An Openness To Eliminating The Senate Filibuster   https://www.huffpost.com/entry/joe-biden-filibuster_n_5f0dcfa1c5b648c301eff41e

Democrats Will Be Lost Without the Senate                       https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/senate-democrats-biden/

Grover Norquist’s Anti-Tax Group Took Money From the Paycheck Protection   Program   https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/07/grover-norquist-ppp-coronavirus.html?via=recirc_engaged

Sanders: “Richest 1 Percent Is Responsible for 70 Percent of All Unpaid Taxes”   https://truthout.org/articles/sanders-richest-1-percent-is-responsible-for-70-percent-of-all-unpaid-taxes/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=a7771b1b-9aeb-4d90-aa38-cec6e4aaf0ef

Dozens of Trump veterans cash out on K St. despite ‘drain the swamp’ vow   https://www.politico.com/news/2020/07/08/trump-administration-veteranslobbying-348273

Chief Justice John Roberts Is Carrying Out Corporate America’s Long-Term Plan Perfectly     https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/07/john-roberts-supreme-court-chief-justice-chamber-commerce

How Could Human Nature Have Become This Politicized?    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/08/opinion/trump-politics-psychology.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

Unpresidented   https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2020/07/23/trump-unpresident-unredeemed-promise/

Trump Has Emergency Powers We Aren’t Allowed to Know About     https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/10/opinion/trump-coronavirus-emergency-powers.html?searchResultPosition=1

What 11 Republican senators had to say about Trump’s racism     https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/07/06/silent-republican-lawmakers-are-handmaidens-white-supremacy/

The Day the White Working Class Turned Republican    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/books/review/the-hardhat-riot-david-paul-kuhn.html?action=click&algo=bandit-all-surfaces_desk_filter&block=editors_picks_recirc&fellback=false&imp_id=108758887&impression_id=284217827&index=0&pgtype=Article&region=footer&req_id=857707508&surface=home-featured









Our guest is Professor Nancy MacLean. We discuss her latest book, DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS: THE DEEP HISTORY OF THE RADICAL RIGHT’S STEALTH PLAN FOR AMERICA, published by Viking Press. It is a thoroughly researched, to my mind shocking, exposé of the man and the ideas behind the billionaire-funded, relentless campaign to suppress voting, privatize everything from education, prisons, social security and Medicare, eliminate unions, curb democratic majority rule and change the US Constitution in order to make democracy safe for capitalism and plutocracy. Most reporting of the rise of the extreme right focuses on the Koch brothers and their money – but who created the blue print for their decades long, stealth campaign that has been all too successful – at least so far? Our guest, Nancy MacLean, has spent a decade investigating the origins, tactics, strategies and goals, of that campaign, that have brought us to this crisis point in our history.

Nancy MacLean is the William Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University. She is the award winning author of BEHIND THE MASK OF CHIVALRY: THE MAKING OF THE SECOND KU KLUX KLAN and FREEDOM IS NOT ENOUGH: THE OPENING OF THE AMERICAN WORKPLACE. Professor MacLean’s scholarship has received more than a dozen prizes and awards. In 2010, she was elected a fellow of the Society of American Historians.